Come visit the Tiny Florida Eco-Home named Sandhill Farm, a ‘permaculture-in-transition’ site created by Hunter Lilly, who (like his namesake) attracted his lovely wife Linda Taylor there several years ago. The 2 acre property is located on Crooked Lake on the Lake Wales Ridge and has several micro-climates onsite. Hunter traveled to Australia in the 1970’s, inspired by what he saw there in biodynamic farms and what he learned about Findhorn in Scotland, he began creatinghis Florida paradise in the 1990’s. The two acre farm has many fruit trees and organic gardens, in addition to the tiny 800 square foot house.
Hunter has also helped to create a local organic growing community, Ridge Organic Community (ROC), which began with just two men, showing documentaries—quickly growing to an email list of over 200 locals, focusing on sustainable living. With this group, Hunter and Linda have taken on the task of not only educating the community but also experimenting in methods of mitigating environmental damage by citrus growers and excessive chemical spraying. Hunter also teaches Sustainable Agriculture at the nearby Bok Academy—a highly rated Lake Wales Charter school.
Linda has owned and run It’s Our Nature, an organic clothing company, for eighteen years, appearing at many local markets throughout the Bay area and can be found at the Saturday morning market in St. Pete through May. She authored “Great Women Exploring Nature: How Wild Florida Influenced Their Lives”, exploring the mingling of the wilds of women and nature in our bio-region. She has guided groups of women from North Clearwater Beach to Caladesi Island for many years and appears at local libraries for book presentations.
To visit this tiny eco-home, please meet Loretta in the soccer field parking lot area of H.E.A.R.T. on Friday May 2nd at 2:30 PM to carpool over.